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How about this opener?

How about this opener?
« on: September 14, 2004, 12:26:40 PM »

     Sitting in a crowded, dilapidated boat, gliding up and down with the rhythm of wind and waves, I had what may be considered, by some, a trivial epiphany.  In the turbulent coastal waters off Thailand,  I instantly understood what a profound and unique opportunity I had been given; to travel the world at absolutely no cost; to observe the diverse cultures contained within it; and to carry a piece of each unique individual met along the way with me in all future endeavors.


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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2004, 12:45:18 PM »
Try to shorten the sentences and uncomplicate it.  Otherwise, I like.

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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2004, 12:47:52 PM »
Ur, well, it ain't unique.  Cause I already wrote a PS about traveling the world on somebody else's dime.  Seriously, I was warned to stay away from the word "unique" because dollars to doughnuts, there's most likely someone out there who's done the same thing.  And if you're going to call it "opportunity" (singular), then you should probably limit your description to one opportunity - you listed three.

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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2004, 01:05:27 PM »
Sorry, I didn't mean to be such a downer.  You just have to make your experiences sound unique without calling them unique.  Your theme is definitely a good one.  I had the same epiphany while on an elephant ride in Sri Lanka. 

Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2004, 01:28:07 PM »
I didn't take your comments as "downers" at all.  The thing is, I worked for United Airlines for five years right after I graduated from college.  From there, I came directly to the law firm where I currently work as a Trademark Paralegal.

I plan on emphasizing how the lessons and skills I learned while working and communicating with an ethnically diverse group of people will help me in my legal studies and, ultimately, as a lawyer representing people and companies globally.

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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2004, 01:32:07 PM »
In what capacity did you work for United?  I flew United a lot over the past 5 years.

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2004, 01:40:44 PM »
I worked in reservations as a service director.  Basically, when irate people wanted to speak to a "supervisor" they were transferred to me and I had to listen to them curse and yell at me and then try to resolve the situation.

For most of the time I was there, I worked at the International Mileage Plus desk (i.e., people trying to redeem their frequent flier miles for free international trips).

As much as I hated the job, it gave me the opportunity to travel all over the world and certainly helped me gain problem resolution skills and an ability to communicate with an ethnically diverse group of people.

Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2004, 02:00:40 PM »
what a hellish job! ive seen people going aboslutely apeshit at airports for no good reason.  air travel brings out the absolute worst in some people.

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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2004, 02:04:21 PM »
Heck yeah.  I can totally relate to that show "Airport" because I feel just like that cameraman.  I have spent the last 4 years walking around watching all the crazy people.

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Re: How about this opener?
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2004, 12:16:22 PM »

     Sitting in a crowded, dilapidated boat, gliding up and down with the rhythm of wind and waves, I had what may be considered, by some, a trivial epiphany.  In the turbulent coastal waters off Thailand,  I instantly understood what a profound and unique opportunity I had been given; to travel the world at absolutely no cost; to observe the diverse cultures contained within it; and to carry a piece of each unique individual met along the way with me in all future endeavors.


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Yes, please do emphasize how you were able to scam off your employer or whoever's dime you traveled on.